The NDP (the primary left-wing party in Canada) ended 44 years of Conservative rule in Alberta with a stunning majority win in the recently concluded provincial election. Alberta is the oil-rich province beside British Columbia that has been significantly affected by the worldwide fall in oil prices.
This is not a change of legislation, but is a mandated requirement for employers pursuant to existing legislation. The Ontario Ministry of Labour recently released version 6.0 of the Employment Standards Poster, which outlines employees’ minimum rights and employers’ minimum obligations. With the release of this new poster, almost every employer in Ontario is required […]
On May 7, 2015, the Government of Canada introduced legislation to amend the Patent Act, Trade-marks Act, and Industrial Design Act. The legislation, Bill C-59, follows a Federal Budget which proposed to modernize Canada’s intellectual property framework to help innovators better protect their IP. The proposed amendments relate most notably to statutory privilege for agents, […]
A recent employer-friendly decision by the British Columbia Court of Appeal confirmed the Court’s willingness to strictly enforce clearly drafted employer policies in order to protect confidential information. In Steel v. Coast Capital Savings Credit Union, 2014 BCCA 127, the Court upheld the dismissal of a 21-year employee for cause in response to her breach […]
In the recent decision of R. v Cole,  S.C.J. No. 53, the Supreme Court of Canada considered the admissibility of evidence in a criminal trial of a teacher found to have child pornography on an employer-provided laptop computer. In reaching its decision the Supreme Court of Canada made a number of important observations regarding […]
Over the last year or two, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program has been the subject of tremendous public scrutiny and negative media attention. It began in March 2012 when HD Mining applied to bring over 200 Chinese nationals to conduct exploration work in British Columbia. The work permits were granted in April 2012.
The Court of Appeal recently upheld the decision of a trial judge who found that an employer did not have just cause to dismiss a long service employee who violated a workplace health and safety rule.
Even when an employee is offered a termination package and signs a release, the Court may find that a release is unconscionable or grossly unfair and set it aside. That is precisely what happened in Rubin v. Home Depot Canada Inc., 2012 ONSC 2053.